California is evolving to a new system of testing and accountability that will weigh eight priorities, including school climate and parent engagement, to judge school progress. An education law, passed in 2013, orders a new generation of computer-based standardized tests, starting with Common Core assessments of English language arts and math in 2015.
The Advanced Education Research & Development Fund is calling for project proposals on how assessment can be done better.
California released updated guidance for school districts deciding whether Smarter Balanced or a local assessment is their more viable option.
The new method of tracking individual students' Smarter Balanced scores should provide a more useful measure of schools' and districts' progress.
California state officials have not yet outlined in detail what conditions must exist for a district to select an alternative assessment.
California’s plan would still offer Smarter Balanced assessments in math and English language arts, the California Science Test, as well as tests for English learners.
Groups opposing local assessments argue that the results will not be easily or accurately compared on a statewide level.
It’s been unclear whether the Biden administration would offer testing waivers as many school districts continue to operate with distance learning.
The spread of the coronavirus and the digital divide are obstacles for testing students' English skills.
Many districts are seeing surges in Fs and Ds during distance learning, prompting a revision of expectations and policies around grades.
The data points to a widening achievement gap between white and Black students.
A study of 50,000 students from 18 districts reaffirm that those who have traditionally struggled fell farther behind academically.
California education officials voted to shorten annual tests in math and reading after federal officials said waivers would not be available in 2021.
UC is being asked not to create its own test to replace the SAT. Students may instead be able to submit scores from 11th grade state exams.
The impact from school closures last spring proved worrisome but not as dire as projected by the assessment organization NWEA.
Federal education officials said they will not waive testing requirements for the 2020-21 school year.